Popular messaging app WhatsApp is down for an hour now, users aren’t able to send or receive messages, images, audio clips. The service faces a major blackout similar to the situation when WhatsApp tries seamlessly to connect to the servers when there is the absence of a data connection.
Social media giant Facebook recently bought the popular messaging app WhatsApp for $19bn. Whatsapp is used by more than 450 million people. It allows users to send text messages for free over the internet.
WhatsApp acknowledged the server problem and said it would be active soon.
WhatsApp Twitter update:
sorry we currently experiencing server issues. we hope to be back up and recovered shortly.
— WhatsApp Status (@wa_status) February 22, 2014
What are users saying on Twitter:
Let me know once #WhatsApp is back…. No I dont have to send any msg, I will only tweet and post a status on facebook.
— A r f e e n (@arfeen77) February 22, 2014
#WhatsApp is not working.. what did u do Zuckerberg!!!???
— Mohammed Bin Ali (@M_Aljahani) February 22, 2014
Few interesting things to know about WhatsApp.
What is WhatsApp? WhatsApp is commonly used as an over-the-top alternative to traditional (and more expensive) SMS functionality on smartphones on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Phone
platforms. While Facebook already has its Messenger messaging app, WhatsApp does not require its users to have a Facebook account, but rather just a phone number, and puts it in direct competition with Viber, LINE, Apple’s iMessage, Blackberry BBM, and Google Hangouts in the over-the-top messaging space.
WhatsApp has a paid subscription monetization model. Unlike Facebook, WhatsApp is a paid app (whose founders have been very vocal against in-app advertising), in conflict with Facebook’s ad-supported business model. However, Facebook reiterated that WhatsApp will continue to operate independently and maintain its existing business model.